La Salle Gets Visit from Juco Guard

The La Salle coaching staff is looking for point guard help this spring and this past weekend they received a visit from one of their top targets. See just what this prime target thinks about the Explorers and just what he can offer.

La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini received a visit from one of his top recruits this past weekend when junior college sophomore point guard Derek Williams stopped by Tom Gola arena to watch La Salle take on Temple on Saturday. ExplorerHoopReport had a chance to speak with Williams' current college head coach Mark Berger about Derek's visit. Williams was schedule to arrive on Friday but due to weather problems didn't make it into Philadelphia until Saturday.

"The visit went pretty well" Berger responded when asked about the visit. "Derek is very comfortable with the coaching staff". "He is looking for a staff where he is most comfortable and that will play a big part in his decision". Williams, originally from New York City, is also concerned with academics. Berger indicated that Williams is a 3.0 GPA student and despite junior college player's inability to get into La Salle, Williams should not have a problem and is expected to graduate at Western Texas and looking get a degree in business. Williams is not concerned with distance from home when making his college decision according to Berger. Prior to Western Texas College he attended Genesis One is Mississippi and is looking at schools in Texas and California besides La Salle to continue his career. When asked about what other schools Williams is considering Berger mentioned two. "He is scheduled to visit Santa Clara the weekend of March 28th", and he has already visited SMU".

We asked Berger to describe his point guard's overall game. "He is a scoring point and can go baseline to baseline". Perhaps more importantly to Explorer fans Berger added this skill to Williams' overall game, "he can rally get into the lane and get 6 to 8 points a game in transition". "He has been a starting point guard for two years and this year in one of the best junior college conferences. The 6"1 Williams averaged 19 points per game and had a two to one turnover ratio this season. Berger also indicated when Williams may decide on his future college. "I think when he gets back from Santa Clara might be a time he would make his decision".

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